‘My capacity as a writer. I can make words strong. But often I arrive at establishing their proper strength through at first making them over-strong. This is one of the reasons why I write so slowly, with such difficulty. My writing is often not a simple journey from perception to statement. Often what is finally written is the result of an overshooting which necessitates a return journey. This is because I have often conceived of writing as a substitute for action (or other forms of action.) If I were to overcome this by according to those other forms of action their true value and acting accordingly myself, my writing would become a simple journey. Writing does not need to be defended against life. In neither sense of the phrase. It should not need protecting. And it needs no apology. There is no such thing as mega-literature.” Winter ’74

John Berger , from an annotated copy of the first edition of his novel G)

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